Kennett community gets ready for annual Christmas party

Kennett community gets ready for annual Christmas party

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - Residents of Kennett are gearing up for the annual Community Christmas Party at the First United Methodist Church.

Families who need help with Christmas presents for their loved ones can register for the party and pick out gifts for each other.

After enjoying food and holiday activities, each family member is called to go shopping in a separate room.

The children shop for their parents in two rooms divided by gender, while the parents shop in one big room for the kids.

There are three individual parties throughout the day and each room is restocked after the party.

After choosing gifts, families can wrap them at a wrapping station.

"It is something where if you feel like you need help this Christmas, then we want to help you," organizer Malinda Harris said. "We don't care where you live or what situations you are in or what documentation you may or may not have; we just want to give you some help."

This year the party will have around $13,000 in gifts for the families.

"We fill it with gifts; we try to have a surplus of gifts so even the last people who come through still have a large selection," Harris said.

Any leftover gifts are donated to other families in the community that could not attend the party.

Harris said this party is a huge community effort. Several individuals, churches, and civic groups help each year.

The event is open to anyone in the Kennett area in need this holiday season.

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